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Schools Tout Clinics For Real-World Legal Experience

Publication Date: 
March 19, 2007
Source: 
The Recorder
Author: 
Petra Pasternak

This article states how important clinical education in law schools has become. Dean Kramer is mentioned and Professor and Associate Dean of Clinical Education Marshall is quoted:

Clinical program director Lawrence Marshall said the school is seeking to raise $30 million to enhance its endowment to help finance five of the existing clinics.

"It won't cover the entire budget for the clinical program but will be a base for our annual fund raising," he said.

"We want to make up for lost time," Marshall said. "We want to build this into a law school that is a destination for students who are committed to clinical education and public service, and we want to, hopefully, be a model to other law schools."

If clinical enrollment figures can be a guide, the efforts seem to be paying off. When Marshall joined Stanford Law three years ago, the school offered about 100 clinical openings per year to second- and third-year students. Today, the school offers around 185. According to Marshall, 91 students signed up for a clinical program this academic year, some for more than one. "There were times when the number was more like 20, if you go back 10 years," he said.